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The Teacher Tip

Organizing Texts for Independent Reading

September 5, 2018

Adapted from It’s All About the Books by Tammy Mulligan & Clare Landrigan. 


When considering the organization of your classroom library, it’s best to maximize choice for your students. Though we know we’ll be doing more reorganizing down the road, here are some questions we use to guide this process that can be helpful to keep in mind: 


How Should We Organize Texts for Independent Reading? 

  • Which texts should be reorganized to create author, genre, and content area baskets for independent reading? 
  • Which texts should be reorganized to create series baskets for independent reading? 
  • Which texts should be reorganized to create literary device and element baskets for independent reading? 
  • Which leveled texts for early and emergent readers should be reorganized by topic and interest to provide more choice for independent reading? 
  • How should we reorganize our leveled texts for our developing and independent readers so they are choosing texts based on interest? 
  • Should any titles be set aside for whole-class texts or grade-level studies? 


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